IS IT BENEFICIAL FOR YOUR ENDODONTIST TO BE COMPETENT IN IMPLANT DENTISTRY?
Here we present a patient that was referred to our office for “retreatment” of tooth #30. Upon radiographic survey and clinical evaluation, the tooth was deemed non-restorable primarily due to recurrent decay in the furcation area causing a secondary bone loss. To ensure that this tooth was the only significant dental need, communication was made both to ensure adequate interoffice communication (i.e. approval) and to ensure that there is no other dental needs of higher priority. After being given the greenlight to proceed with the procedure, extraction was completed, and an implant was placed with grafting during the same visit. Not only is this is a great service for the patient, it will save them time; and although time is not a strong determinant for long term success, it is a perk and earns a few brownie points with the patient!